Celebrate the equinox by reading three new poems of mine freshly published in the March 2013 edition of PANK online. One is about crocodiles and two are about chocolate. You can hear me read each of them, too. If you want to comment, come back here and let me know what you think.
JCCA looks for poems that say much with few words. I am honored to have my poem "When Soul Mates Meet" published online by them. If you click DECOMPRESS below the bio, you'll get a short essay I wrote about the process of writing it.
Shin-en akemashita omedeto!
A short story I wrote that was published in print years ago has just come online in Best Fiction. This is an old-fashioned story about vengeance and guilt that could only happen in modern Japan. Despite the cold winters, Japanese apartments are not built with insulated walls. There is little personal privacy in Japan, which non-Japanese often forget. I hope you read it. Come back here to tell me what you think.
Before the year ends, let me thank the editors of Conclave: A Journal of Character and A Minor Magazine who nominated my poems published this year for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web 2012 respectively.
While I'm at it, I thank the District #27 voters who supported my bid for State Representative. I never imagined an unknown candidate with $0 campaign financing could get 1,494 votes! I lost, but I lost very well. While we're pleased with the results in New Hampshire overall, we can't afford to be complacent. Remember to vote in 2014!
And, since I am among those who do not believe the world will end this month, check back in January for links to more online publications coming up soon.
Shin-en akemashite omedetto. (This New Year's Eve, I really hope I dream about eggplant, eagles, or Mt. Fuji.)
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Once again, 13 has proven to be my lucky literary number. My new poems are up and live at Hobo Camp Review for their California issue . . . which turned out to be Issue #13. I don't try to get writing published in Issue 13s, but maybe I should.
Happy Leap Day! Mine is happy because I am a featured poet in the revived journal Conclave: A Journal of Character. Five of my poems profiling people both real (James I, Ivan VI, Van Gogh) and imaginary (The Swimming Woman) are published in their new Spring issue along with interviews of Peter Beagle and Karen Essex and poems by Jane Yolen and fiction and poetry of many other fine writers. It's available on Kindle right now, and will be in print soon. Just click on the title of this post and you'll be there!
Tanka is a Japanese poetic form consisting of five lines and many other things. A tanka I wrote is online at Inner Art Journal today, the first day of 2012. Last night, though I hoped to dream about eggplant, eagles, or Mt. Fuji--the three New Year's Eve's dreams considered to be very lucky--I did dream about looking up at a big tree full of nests of baby Toucans. I'm going to take that as a good sign. Happy new year!
I moved my Japan slideshow to my website on the Bio page.
About the Author
Most Americans who move to Japan are already in love with their idea of Japan. My feelings were neutral. I had a fresh graduate degree and jobs for English majors were scarce. I was lucky to get a prestigious Visiting Professorship at a national Japanese university and I was up for adventure. I didn't know I would be the first woman and the first American to hold that job. I was in for more groundbreaking than I imagined, but while Japan's invisible expectations were stressful, my students made my job the most fulfilling one I've had. I wanted to show aspects of Japan I hadn't found in books written by men (who experience an entirely different culture), but I didn't want to add to the cliche genre of personal memoir about gaijin in Asia. Fiction was the way I could show the humor and charm of a country that seems crazy and frustrating to a Western ex-pat. This blog explains how my actual experience informed my novel. Start by buying American Fuji and visit this blog for behind-the-scenes extras.